I celebrated my 18th birthday one week before the last Local Government Elections and I was very excited to vote. Can you imagine my disappointment when I went to vote and was told that I was not qualified to vote in this elections. How can this happen?

A person who is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago of the age of eighteen years or upwards is qualified to vote at an election once he/she has resided in that electoral district for at least two (2) months preceding the ‘Qualifying Date’, which is the 9th day after the date fixed for the commencement of electoral registration. As such, all registrants must meet the qualifying criteria to be an elector on or before this date. You would turned have turned 18 years after the qualifying date, hence the reason you were not eligible to vote.

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